Why Choose Atkins?

    This page was updated on August 8, 2019. 


    The magnet application period for the 2019-2020 school year is now over. However, we still have room for a very limited number of 9th and 10 graders.  If you are interested in attending Atkins this year, you may download a magnet application here


    Picking the right high school is an important decision, and we believe there are a number of reasons why students who are academically gifted or accelerated should choose Atkins Academic and Technology High School.  Atkins is unique. Parents and students share the reasons they love Atkins.  Our staff loves Atkins also.

    Atkins has evolved since it's opening in 2005.  It has been designated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as an "NC STEM Model School." As the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) high school in Forsyth County, we offer electives like no other school in the district and like few schools in North Carolina. In fact, there are different offerings or "majors" students may take to specifically give them first-hand experiences with a number of STEM college fields of study. Our academic performance, graduation rate, and report card compare favorably with other high schools in the district.  In fact, US News & World Report ranks Atkins as the top high school in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

    We focus on gifted education at Atkins. A number of our teachers are licensed in gifted education. Atkins is also recognized as a North Carolina STEM School of Distinction.

    Atkins currently offers French, Latin, and Spanish.  For students considering careers in the fields of science, engineering, biotechnology, medicine, or law, Latin is an excellent choice. Also, statistics show a significant increase in SAT scores for students who have studied Latin.  

    Students may choose from a variety of school organizations if they wish to become involved in after-school activities. This includes a large number of academic competition teams. Other activities such as participation in the Caravan News, the Atkins on-line newspaper, keep students engaged and informed.  We encourage all of our students to become active in after-school activities.  Students may earn varsity letters from participating in varsity sports or academic competitions. Our students are very active and win numerous awards.

    Most magnet students attending Atkins take advantage of the school district's magnet shuttle bus service. Students and parents are expected to sign the magnet contract to attend Atkins. Students should be aware of the board policy regarding magnet student expectations as well.

    Many parents who live outside of the city limits of Winston-Salem have mentioned that they have concerns for their students driving to Atkins once they begin driving in their junior and senior years. We often point out that those same students are apt to be driving to the Career Center from their homes or from other high schools. Atkins is located a mere six minutes from the new location of the Career Center. This means that a student can leave Atkins, drive to the Career Center, and be in class in approximately ten minutes, making it easier to mesh schedules between the two schools.

    Atkins was the first high school to adopt a Standard Mode of Dress. We believe this helps us place emphasis on a top tier education for all students.

    The magnet application period for 2019-2020 will open on January 1, 2019. Students transferring to Atkins as upperclassmen, should they be accepted in the lottery, will be expected to complete all requirements for a major You may see how many ninth grade applications we received for the 2018-2019 school year from different schools here. If you have other questions, you may find answers to frequently asked questions here.


    Directions to Atkins 

    From Business I-40 east, take U.S. 158 exit (Reidsville Road). Go to first light and turn left on Old Greensboro Road. The school is about 1/3 mile on right, next to Petree Elementary. 


    From Business 1-40 west, take the Linville Road exit.  Turn left onto Old Greensboro Road.  Travel approximately one mile to stop light at the intersection of U.S. 158.  Go through the stoplight.   The school is about 1/3 mile on right, next to Petree Elementary. 


    If using a GPS device, the address is 3605 Old Greensboro Road, Winston-Salem, NC.